Pod People

Pod People is a newsletter from Melissa Locker, who writes podcast criticism for The Guardian. Pod People is intended to help people find new podcasts or revisit old ones and hopefully find a few new favorites to help you wile away the hours.


01/27/2017 Tom Hanks is a little obsessed with typewriters. So when we put the Academy Award-winning actor in front of a pre-WWII Underwood Champion, he gave Nerdette hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen an impromptu master class on the machines he calls “self-contained printing presses with which you can change the world.” Want to support this show and get a sweet Nerdette mug and/or notebook as a thank you gift? Go to https://wbez.org/nerdalert
My Tom Hanks Google Alert went off when the noted typewriter enthusiast stopped by Nerdette
02/15/2017 Rachel Bloom co-writes songs and reveals her early influences in her Guest DJ set, as well as her favorite love song AND breakup song.
Crazy Ex Girlfriend fans will want to check out Rachel Bloom's guest DJ set on KCRW.
02/21/2017In 1978, disco became the best selling music genre in the world. This is the story of how it arrived there.
Music podcast Between the Liner Notes doesn’t release episodes nearly often enough, but when they do get around to putting one out it’s exhaustively researched, well produced, and truly interesting.. It took me awhile to listen to their two-part series on the history of disco because ugh, disco, but it converted me. Almost.
03/09/2017Trying to get rid of acne can feel like a science experiment with your face -- so we get to the bottom of what works and what doesn’t. We investigate the role of diet, stress and hygiene, and meet internet celebrity Dr Sandra Lee aka Dr Pimple Popper. We also speak to dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Weiss, MD and Prof. Huiying Li, PhD. Science Vs Live! Come see our live show on the science behind red wine, coffee and chocolate - could our favorite treats actually be good for us? Thursday 3/23 at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NYC. Get your tickets here.    Our Sponsors: Audible Channel's Sincerely X - Go to audible.com/sincerelyx to listen. Audible and Amazon Prime members can listen for free. Ebay's Open for Business - Season 2 returns March 16th. You can listen on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. Credits: This episode has been produced by Senior Producer Kaitlyn Sawrey and Wendy Zukerman, as well as Heather Rogers, and Shruti Ravindran.  Production assistance from Ben Keubrick. We’re edited by Annie Rose Strasser. Fact Checking by Michelle Harris.  Sound engineering, music production and original scoring by Bobby Lord.  Thanks to Dr Robert Delavalle, Grand View Research and Stevie Lane, Pat Walters, Rose Reid, the Zukerman family, Joseph Lavelle Wilson. Selected References: 2016 Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris 2013 study on ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ strains of P. Acnes by Dr. Huiying Li Dr. Pimple Popper’s ‘Blackheads for Dayzzzz’ video Cochrane Review on Light Therapy for Acne Treatment A great summary of  up to date research on acne and acne treatment.
Science Vs is back for its new season and have started with a pop—a pimple pop to be precise. They turned their gimlet eye (get it?) on acne, its causes, and its cures. Best part is when they interview internet legend Dr. Pimple Popper, a person you should not Google unless you are emotionally—and gastrointestinally— prepared.
03/09/2017 Long before actress and activist Uzo Aduba was a two time Emmy award winning star of Orange is the New Black, she was a doubtful young woman ready to call quits on a career in Hollywood. A fateful phone call from her agent turned her work life around. However, looking back on her life in Yes, Girl's premiere episode, Uzo shares that the constant encouragement from her family - Nigerian immigrants - and teachers kept her hopeful on her best and worst days navigating her career—including a run-in with the police. PLUS, reality TV’s most loyal married couple, Love and Hip Hop New York Stars Remy Ma and Papoose open up like never before and reveal how they fostered their unbreakable bond with prison bars between them, what it feels like to be #BlackLove goals for millions and what really goes down in the Mackie home.
Took them long enough, but Essence finally launched its first podcast. Yes, Girl came out of the gate strong with both Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba and Remy Ma showing up in the first episode.
02/28/2017 In the series premiere of Rabbits, Carly Parker's search for her missing best friend leads her to a mysterious nameless ancient game the players refer to only as “Rabbits;” a secret, dangerous, and occasionally fatal underground game, where the prizes are unclear but may involve: large sums of money, NSA or CSI recruitment, and perhaps even the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe. RABBITS WEBSITE PUBLIC RADIO ALLIANCE TWITTER SUPPORT RABBITS BY VISITING OUR SPONSORS! Squarespace Offer code: RABBITS Stamps.com Offer code: RABBITS        Casper Offer code: RABBITS Blue Apron Offer code: RABBITS    
The folks behind serialized horror shows Tanis and the Black Tapes, are back with a new series—Rabbits. It follows a woman searching for a friend who may have disappeared into an intense RPG. Only one episode out so far, but it’s fun.
03/01/2017 You know that *classic* thing where your fifth-grade crush shows up at your new high school and tries to trade you to vampires in exchange for being made immortal? What about that thing where your girlfriend won't stop talking to a dead bird in a cage? No? Weird. This week we're discussing s2e7: Lie To Me. Jenny Owen Youngs is @jennyowenyoungs on twitter, and you can check out some of her non-Buffy songs at jennyowenyoungs.com/buffering Kristin Russo is @kristinnoeline on twitter. Learn more about the resources she creates for LGBTQ individuals and their families at everyoneisgay.com and mykidisgay.com Follow Buffering the Vampire Slayer on twitter (@bufferingcast) and on facebook (facebook.com/bufferingcast)! You can now support the show on Patreon, at patreon.com/bufferingcast! We've also got a rad merch store over at bufferingthevampireslayer.bigcartel.com, where you can find a Buffering tee and Slayerette/Cordette pins. You can snag the album Buffering the Vampire Slayer: Songs From Season One on iTunes or wherever you get your digital music! Logo: Kristine Thune, kristinethune.com.
As a longtime fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it’s been fun reading all the character tell-alls, Buffy tributes, behind-the-scenes stories, and rankings that are out to help celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. Before you yawn and say, “Bored now!” Check out Buffering the Vampire Slayer and their discussion of vampire queen for life, Drusilla.
02/08/2017Escape into the loving embrace of a romance novel – although don’t think you’ll be able to escape gender politics while you’re in there. Bea and Leah Koch, proprietors of America’s sole romance-only bookstore The Ripped Bodice, consider the genre; and publisher Lisa Milton scrolls through the 109-year history of the imprint that epitomises romance … Continue reading 50. Under the Covers – part I
We have Valentine’s Day to thank for The Allusionist’s delightful look at romance novels.
04/12/2014“Eel Pie Island was where they used to fish out the eel up through the 1960s. The eels would be sold in the front of fish monger shops, big, fat, some as thick as your arm, lying around on the marble slabs,” says actress Anjelica Huston who grew up in London in the 60s and made the pilgrimage to Eel Pie Island, an early rock ‘n roll mecca. Anjelica Huston in the 1960s, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Small Faces, Manfred Mann, John Mayall, The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Cyril Davies and dozens more did some of the earliest gigs there in the 60s before they became international sensations.
There’s something decidedly unsexy about the Kitchen Sisters—I’m pretty sure one of them lives in a commune where they do a lot of poetry readings, and I’m even more sure that they wear loose-fitting natural fiber clothing and make their own jewelry—but they make interesting stories. Music fans will love their trip to Eel Pie Island — the island in the Thames where the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Rod Stewart and more played early gigs. On 2/28 they’re releasing a story on an egg war in the Farallon Islands, which will undoubtedly be worth listening to as their best stories have a bit of history in them.
01/17/2017 Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainable solution, because most of its citizens see the problem of poverty from a distance, through a distorted lens. So we present "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," a series exploring how our understanding of poverty is shaped not by facts, but by private presumptions, media narratives, and the tales of the American Dream.  Brooke traveled to Ohio, a state that reflects the varied nature of poverty, to talk directly with people who are poor and understand how they got that way, and why, under current policies, they are likely to stay that way. You'll hear from them over the next several weeks. But first, we examine how the story of poverty gets told -- and whether media attention makes any difference -- with the help of Jack Frech, a longtime Athens County welfare director who has been leading reporters on "poverty tours" of Appalachia for decades.  “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths” is produced by Meara Sharma and Eve Claxton, with special thanks to Nina Chaudry. This series is produced in collaboration with WNET in New York as part of “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.” Major funding for “Chasing the Dream” is provided by the JPB Foundation, with additional funding from the Ford Foundation. Songs:  "Ec-Stacy" by Jess Stacy "Gavotte in A Minor" by Matthew Camidge, arr. by Andy Boden "Youkali Tango-Habanera" by Kurt Weill; performed by the Armadillo String Quartet      
I personally find On the Media slightly soporific (it’s healthier than a night cap) but Busted, their latest mini-series on poverty in America, had the opposite effect. Now I'm woke af.
01/16/2017 Solange Knowles released her first album in 2002, at the age of 16. Her third album, A Seat at the Table, came out in September 2016, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. It’s gotten widespread critical acclaim, including being named album of the year by Pitchfork and by Vibe. In this episode, Solange takes apart the song "Cranes in the Sky," which began back in 2008. songexploder.net/solange
Did you know Solange stopped by Song Exploder?
01/18/2017Last week: boobs gone awry. This week: boobs gone just how you'd expect. But that's kinda the problem. Abigail Keel has the story. To join the conversation go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by Aeroflow Breastpumps, Madison Reed, Yogi Teas, Sunbasket, and Tweed Wolf.
The Longest Shortest Time had a two-part episode on life with boobs [Part 1] and [Part Two]
12/22/2016The inexpensive reproductive healthcare coverage offered by the Affordable Care Act may soon be a distant memory. On today's show, we speak with a woman fresh off her own IUD insertion procedure to see how she's adjusting. Then, we revisit a classic episode from Why Oh Why's years as a baby podcast. Travel back with us to January 2014, as your host prepares for her own IUD insertion. Listen and Subscribe to LifeAfter: Why Oh Why is brought to you by LifeAfter, from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the creators of the award-winning series The Message. LifeAfter explores the question: What happens to our digital lives after we're gone? Listen and download LifeAfter wherever you get your podcasts. 
Why Oh Why had an absolutely fascinating, yet slightly graphic story on IUDs. If you’ve ever wondered about the lengths women will go to in order to not get pregnant, this is a good place to start.
01/17/2017With characteristic salty candor, Adam Carolla talks about his slow rise to stardom and shares tasty anecdotes and words of wisdom along the way.
Speaking of sort of gross people, Adam Carolla is the first guest on the new Forbes Interview podcast. Somehow, Carolla holds the Guinness World Record for Most Downloaded Podcast of all time. The show is good for fans of in-depth interviews with a business bent.
01/11/2017Back in September we did a callout asking for boob stories, and got a ton of responses. So this week, we’re bringing you stories about boobs. Two of them! Because, duh—boobs come in pairs. To join the conversation go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by Third Love, Squarespace, Yogi Teas, Howl, and Tweed Wolf.
The Longest Shortest Time had a two-part episode on life with boobs [Part 1] and [Part Two]